Menopause: a risk factor for the heart Menopause: a risk factor for the heart

Menopause is an inevitable phase of life that begins between ages 45 and 55, as it varies among women, and brings physical and emotional symptoms with it that can affect their quality of life.

In addition to these symptoms, the drop in estrogen during menopause becomes a major cardiovascular risk factor, a main focus of World Menopause Day held on October 18.

The International Menopause Society states that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in postmenopausal women and that while menopause is part of the natural aging process, a balanced and healthy life early on helps to prevent having an increased chance of cardiovascular diseases in adulthood.

Tobacco use, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are some common causes of experiencing cardiovascular risk factors. These traditional risk factors, which are connected to hot flashes, night sweats and other symptoms that the majority of women experience during menopause, increase the chances of having an unwanted cardiovascular event.

Visiting your doctor, maintaining a healthy diet and getting exercise are of vital importance throughout the course of one’s life, especially during middle age. This year, this worldwide attention on menopause invites people to become aware of the impact it has on the cardiovascular function of women and to also lead a balanced lifestyle, which helps to prevent the risk factors that target the hearts of adult women.

To learn more about menopause and its symptoms and treatment, also read: Attitude, the best tools during perimenopause and Living with the symptoms of menopause.